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Leagues Cup

It’s been a busy week for our Leagues Cup teams! Across Liga MX and MLS, we had all eight teams in action, and some even played two matches as we get closer to kicking off the 2022 Leagues Cup Showcase in just two short weeks! Here’s everything that happened on Jornada 3 in México and in MLS.

Club América, who will be in action against hosts LAFC on August 3 and in Nashville on September 21, took on Toluca at home on Wednesday, and scored a late winner in stoppage time to win 1-0. The Águilas then headed north of the border to take on Chelsea in an FC Series match, where they played an exciting match but ultimately lost to the Blues, 2-1.

Chivas, who will join us in Los Angeles before heading to TQL Stadium to take on FC Cincinnati on September 21, had to play with ten men against a tough Santos team on the road. The Rojiblancos battled hard, though, and were able to come away with a one-all draw before hosting León on Wednesday in Liga MX action. Atlas, who are set to take on Real Salt Lake on September 22 at Rio Tinto Stadium, were involved in a thrilling match once again, beating the Cementeros of Cruz Azul at home, 3-2.

Our MLS sides were busy as well — FC Cincinnati had battled to a 2-all draw against Vancouver Whitecaps last Wednesday, and on Saturday they headed north to take on rivals Columbus Crew in the Hell is Real Derby. The Orange and Blue had a tough go of it, losing 2-0, but still remain in the playoff positions with just over a dozen matches to play.

LA Galaxy played two matches as well, but suffered tough losses at home to San Jose (3-2) on Wednesday and on the road to Colorado Saturday. Greg Vanney’s team is still in the playoff positions with a game in hand, though, and will look to get back to winning ways as they take on Atlanta United at home on Sunday evening. Real Salt Lake were on the road to Atlanta on Wednesday and lost, 2-1, before bouncing back with an impressive 3-0 win over Sporting KC with goals from Sergio Córdova, Pablo Ruiz, and Jefferson Savarino to solidify third place in the Western Conference.

Finally, two Leagues Cup Showcase side, LAFC and Nashville SC were in action on Sunday. The hosts were coming off a 1-0 win over Seattle in the week, while LAFC had been idle since last Friday’s Trafíco. At Geodis Park, there was a debut for the visitors’ newest signing, Gareth Bale, and three points as well for Steve Cherundolo's side, as they kept their place at the top of the Western Conference thanks to goals from Cristian Arango and José Cifuentes in a 2-1 win.

Our eight teams will be busy again in the next week — expect plenty of goals, passionate support, and excitement as we close in on two weeks to go until our kickoff event at SoFi Stadium on August 3rd.